What it often means in poker is that when a bluff is called, the caller has a reasonably strong hand, especially if he’s a good player. The Biden idiots are bluffing without realizing that Putin is calling their bluff, and most importantly, he has a damn strong hand. From Ted Snider at antiwar.com:
It’s a good thing Biden is the president and not a poker player. Two Middle East rivals each just called his bluff. The results were different. But what they revealed is the same. Biden’s pretended idealism folded fast to reveal a hand full of pragmatism.
Biden had promised to shun Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince both for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi – whose murder US intelligence has concluded was approved by Mohammed bin Salman – and for Saudi Arabia’s appalling record on human rights and the destabilizing role they have played in the region. He promised that they would “pay the price,” that he would “make them in fact the pariah that they are” and wrote off the royal family by saying that there was “very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia.”
But all Saudi Arabia had to do was hold out and stay in the game. All it took was for the US led sanctions on Russian oil to hurt the US economy and threaten the Biden administration instead of hurting the Russian economy and threatening the Putin administration for the Saudis to call Biden’s bluff.